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as the u.s. military forges ahead in the final wave of the surgery. jason carroll shows us how one soldier is making the last few preparations before his mission gets under way in the ongoing series "a soldier's story." >> the a.m. fix blog is up and running. we want to hear from you. also, you can send us your pictures and video if you've been affected at all by hurricane earl. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> it is big, bad and bearing down on the outer banks of north carolina. the radar tells us the story. hurricane earl, a real powerhouse now. it's back to high speed, 145 miles an hour. that is a category four storm, folks. and the center of this monster could come dangerously close to the carolina coast by midnight tonight. >> right now, hurricane warnings and watches are in effect for north carolina to delaware. and as far north as massachusetts. in fact, president obama already signing a disaster declaration for north carolina in case earl continues to track to the west, bringing it closer to the coast. and of course, earl making a lot of people nervous this morning, because if the system d
morning. we are on freedom watch this u. morning. >>> u.s. hiker sarah shourd could be heading home within hours after spending more than a year of her life alone in an iranian prison. the question is, of course, if iran will make good on its word. >>> a dangerous situation unfolding in the atlantic ocean, hurricane igor now a category four storm and gaining strength. we've got details on whether the east coast could be in line for a direct hit. >>> uplifting news about jobs out there. we have the sixobs with six-figure salaries that don't require you spend four years of your life hitting the books. >> i don't kno if i know about that story, i want my kids to hit the books. join the live conversation right now. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> new this morning, surveying the damage, victims of the san bruno gas explosions and fires were allowed back into their neighborhoods for the first time this morning. four people are confirmed dead and in all 37 homes were destroyed. california regulators ordering pg&e to insct all gasines in the state. >>> firefighters battling a wildfire outside of b
and eagerness to come to washington and change washington by new candidates is so useful. >> and remember, the republican revolution in 1994, so he knows how this works. >> yeah, he said lisa murkowski out there in alaska who is running the write-in campaign. he said she essentially is cheating by starting the write-in campaign and makes no secret he wants the ground zero mosque moved, it's not about religious liberty and he says that christine o'donnell will win in delaware. that's his prediction. >> bold predictions. >> that's a big one. >> in the meantime, here are your headlines at this hour. we're about to show you new video from baghdad this morning, iraqis walk up to a pair of deadly car bombs and the explosion torched two different neighborhoods there. 20 people killed. dozens wounded and almost simultaneous blast broke what's been a period of relative calm. >> afghans have to decide whether to accept the beginning of this election, despite modest turnout and evidence of fraud. kept many away from the polls. final results are not expected until late next month. you may remember th
. it is what it is. thanks for having my back on this. thank you for being with us. we're going to continue to follow the latest on the news including the latest on president carter. last time he checked, the staff is saying he's going to spend the night in hospital for observation. looking for you tonight at 8:00 p.m. on the primetime edition of "rick's list." here now, "the situation room" with wolf blitzer. >>> president obama trying to win over voters with a list in his pocket. the reason he's still trying to explain his christian beliefs. the health of america's kids caught in a food fight right now. will michelle obama win at the expense of fellow democrats and advocates for the poor. >>> and the evidence against u.s. soldiers accused of murder. it's threatening to explode worldwide and the pentagon may be scrambling down to avoid an international embarrassment. we're following up on the shocking allegations that troops in afghanistan killed for sport. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room. >>> up first this hour, this coming in to the situation room, republicans going to ex
. bill karins tracking this storm very closely for us and how does it look right snow. >> the storm weakened from a category 4 to a 3. looks like we're going through another burst of intensification. you can see it right there. a clearing of an eye and that is usually the storm is tightening itself up and the winds will increase slightly during the day today. warm water out ahead of it and we do not expect much more weakening by the time it gets out towards north carolina. the hurricane hunter aircraft is just on its way in. now the next storm, the next hurricane hunter aircraft will be in there probably another three hours from now. until then we'll have to look and get estimates on the satellite of how strong earl is. the wind field 125 mi-mile-per-r winds. as we go into friday, our computer models, we have been watching these closely. when you see the pink line to the right, that would be a hard-glancing blow. the line all the way to the left in the blue would be huge problems. we'll end up with something in the middle and that's what the hurricane forecast is as of now. cat 3 to
spurred that the national and local level the u.s. will lose. what do you think? the numbers to call -- you can also e-mail us. and we are on twitter. "curb corruption or lose the war" from "the wall street journal." the author of "why vietnam matters. " he draws on his own experience in vietnam. he starts out by saying -- so, what do you think? curb corruption or losing the war? will that be putting the american effort in jeopardy in afghanistan? "the wall street journal" has this piece. the piece says -- our question for you this morning, is there a danger in the u.s. losing the war in afghanistan do to problems of corruption, and bought more perhaps by the cia, trying to do the right thing and aligning itself with informants, but did they take advantage of the system? "the washington post" has an excerpt modified from "obama's wars." uc and in this year, president obama visiting arlington national -- you see in this here, president obama visiting arlington national cemetery. the peace in "the washington post" says -- so, we are seeing a little bit of the behind-the-scenes give- an
be christine o'donnell, -- 51st vote might be christine o'donnell. they keep telling us we have to have a big tent. where is the tent? the tent has collapsed! the truth is there never was a tent! >> greta: is rush limbaugh right? karl rove is back with us. big tent? >> i think there is a big tent. for example, she got -- christine o'donnell got $750,000 according to her campaign today in internet contributions. >> greta: and a bunch of join the club late like governor romney -- i love the late endorsements. >> last night fox reported that the national republican senator committee wasn't going to give her any money. i said say that? they said absolutely not we just cut her a check for $42,000. there is a big tent. we saw it last night. the tea party candidate in new hampshire lost to the nontea party candidate who is still a good conservative. we saw it in kansas, sarah palin and i backed the tea party favorite and the more moderate member won. we have a big party. >> greta: if it is a big party, i'm not sure how big i would be in a similar situation. would you not think that congressman castl
will influence the tea party ties. joining us now with a preview from washington is our own kellie wright. good morning, kellie. >> good morning, gretchen. primary season, today is the day voters will continue to determine contending november 49 days away. let's continue with the drama unfolding in delaware where three weeks ago it looked like republican congressman and former governor mike castle would be the easy favorite to vie for the senate seat in november but now castle may find himself outdone by christine o'donnell backed by the tea party express which has a $220,000 out of state ad to help the unknown gain over popular castle. even palin recorded call and supported radio ads for o'donnell. >> there's a wave, a tidal wave coming to delaware. we're riding it, my opponent is drowning in it. >> the tea party influence is palpable in the state where joe biden served as senator for 36 years. the tea party labelled castle as a rhino. now a virtual tie. o'donnell is not without her own problems. she's undergone some personal financial issues. >> she has a lot of strikes against her, more than
the defense secretary robert gates is in iraq meeting with u.s. troops as they formally end their combat mission there. gates's plan touched down hours after president obama told americans it was time to turn the page on iraq. fewer than 50 nourks troops rema remain. president obama did not declare victory in iraq but did say the u.s. gave the iraqi people a chance to shape their future. tracie potts has the latest from washington. >> reporter: now with the military operation in iraq over, president obama says our next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with dwcombat troo out of iraq, he announced a new mission. >> restore our economy and put the millions of americans back to work. >> reporter: he blamed massive deficits of financing a decade of war with borrowed money. his focus now, jobs and afghanistan. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the afghan peoples. >> reporter: republicans criticize the president for opposing the bush surge that turned it around in iraq. >> some leaders who fought tooth and nail to
to this established, old-time republican operatives. it's interesting to sort of see, you know, are they using the anger and frustration of so many of these people for their own political gain for the establishment. >> joe, you're nodding. yeah, this is for me, a work in progress because i've sort of been looking into the financial funding. the spokesperson for opensecrets.org is on the record saying their money comes from things like health care professional, believe it or not, which is fascinating. from, you know, financial concerns, retirees, and one of the big questions, of course, is how much charles and david cook, the big conservative funders, are actually putting into that. it's not clear to me, i mean, i don't know that. so it's sort of dribs and drabs. >> first of all, i think we have our new york guest joining us, john avalon and erick erickson joining us. hi, guys. i hope you can see this, but let's take a look at some of the different groups that have tried to influence the tea party. i think we have a graphic of that. there's the tea party express. tea party patriots, freedomwork
's primary results. zero be on your screen. joining us this morning from our news desk is steve peoples from "roll call." let us begin with the headline from the delaware newspaper, anti-establishment insurgency rocks of delaware. o'donnell in shocker. tea party-backed candidates funds. how would she be able to do it? guest: not surprised here. the tea party express came into town against the wishes of some people in washington. spent a lot of money. in a closed republican primary was able to make a difference and up said cassell. honestly hard to see this as anything but a nightmare scenario for the gop, at least in this delaware race. you heard karl rove right off the race and both people on both sides are doing the same thing. host: people did not think she could win this primary, either. guest: two different races. winning a closed republican primary which -- i looked at the numbers, about 60,000 people voted, about one-tenth of all registered voters in delaware. about one third of registered republicans. a very small sample. you get enough of your friends and the excited base out, you c
're document, and engaging in a discussion. here are the phone numbers. if you are a democrat, join us. rep conditions, join us, and independents, join us. good morning once again, this is the kind of discussion i can promise you would only happen on c-span. 34 years ago we used to call us the place where the constitution came to live every day, because it gave you a running example of the three branches of government and the live coverage of the congress, executive branch and what we told you about the supreme court so we couldn't let constitution day go by without a discussion. seems like we're hearing more and more about it these days, and on the front page of the washington times in a story about constitution day, david eisner who runs the national constitution center in philadelphia explains why. here is the story. he writes -- the tea party has got people thinking more seriously about what's in the constitution and what's not. that's the quote from the political analyst with american enterprise institute but they say it would be wrong to assume tea party movement was -- >> supreme cou
weather center tracking all of this for us this morning. so are they still in a situation where the waters are still rising now? >> no, the river at least at portage did crest last night. but it's going to remain above flood stage for quite some time. not only across wisconsin, but southern and central parts of minnesota. we've got all these rivers that are actually draining into the mississippi. and we're going to see some issues, i think, downstream from there, as well. so that's issue number one. issue number two is -- more immediate concerns, what's going on in portage. here's where the river crested. the record is is 20.5 feet. it crested just above that last night. and now it's at about 20.2 feet. we're at near record strange. major flood stage, but not expected to come back down below flood stage really until late wednesday into thursday. so we've got quite some time before this river really gets below the danger zone. and what i mean by danger zone is, well, usually after a river crests, we can relax, but because of this situation where you have all of that pressure on this very, v
glad hurricane earl did not do anymore damage, but i could have used a drop of an at my house and we didn't get anything. >> it skirted off to the east, heading right toward nantucket, skirted north carolina. this has been a real close call. doesn't mean everyone's out of the woods. they did get a labor day break from hurricane earl in the northeast. actually it's been downgraded to a tropical storm as it brushed the coast of massachusetts this morning with heavy rain and high winds. >> and lots of sighs of relief up and down the east coast because this could have been a lot worse. but it if you're thinking of testing the waters at the beach, you'll want to watch out for what earl left behind. we'll have a full update. >> half a world away, a big earthquake in new zealand caused widespread damage in their second largest city which is actually locked down today. >> the prime minister said it was a miracle that no one was killed. we will head live to christ church for a look at the damage there in just a few minutes. >> back in this country, coulky horman would have been going back tol
dancing? and no, that was not the two of us doing hand dancing. >> i've been worried all morning that you're going to propose some sort of -- >> i want to. this is a new dance craze they're starting. they're going to be joining us live. >> they've gone rogue, post "riverdance." >> did you see their face? >>> also, we have serious news. including new details about what happened when the mother of natalee holloway, went inside a peruvian prison to confront the man she believes murdered her daughter. they're calling her surprise visit, an ambush. we'll have the latest on that. >>> this is a story that touched a nerve with our viewers. lit up the message board. you saw the video of a father storming on to a school bus and threatening the kids he thinks is bullying his daughter. a lot of people weighed in on this. we'll be talking more about what parents should do in these sorts of circumstances. >> he's apparently looking at jail time. >> he came out and apologized. >>> you heard about overnight, big news from hollywood. lindsay lohan, the struggling starlet admitted she failed a drug test. t
. they sort of plightly said to us that we were barking up the wrong tree when it came to talking about damage. i told you earlier about my son who lives in halifax. i just got off the phone from him. i woke him from his college slumber on a saturday morning. he looked out the window and said it was windy and rainy. but it's no worse than a rainy day in chicago. so there you go. >> you're going to have to send him or $20 or something for helping you with your news gathering. >> i'll be having a lobster roll on your behalf, alex. >> oh, good. thank you very much, kevin tibbles. thank you for the update. >>> nbc mooe meeteorologist bil karins is following earl. >> we have a weather spot in halifax now. it's perfect. they're going to go through the storm in the next two hours. let's show you storm itself. the last rain bands exited bangor, maine and bar harbor now. the rain will take another two or three hours. that will clear your location. you can see we now are watching land fall there in nova scotia of a strong tropical storm. we're going to get tree damage and minor structural damage. an upd
? >> luckily, we have cut the barnicle with some chris jansing and mr. dan senor is with us and margaret carlson, bloomberg news political columnist and washington editor of the week, good to have you with us. >> good to be with you. >> dan, you were in iraq within weeks of the invasion. >> vi day as you said to me earlier. i was underwhelmed by the speech. i thought it was lacking any context about where we go from here. i think the elephant in the room for many iraqis, and for many men and women in our military is will we go back? will we ever have to go back? how do we prevent ever going back? saying we're leaving and the end of it doesn't seem like sufficient. i think there are two scenarios for iraq. one is that it basically shrinks and becomes a glorified province of iran and gets swallowed up by iran or, two, we abandon the iraqis so much and they feel so alone that the only way they can defend themselves is they built an army of saddam proportions something of one former general said to me, a military that not only can play home games but can play away games, too. that is destabi
on that cruise in canada? >> he is. >> live in chatham, massachusetts with the latest for us. were you on the cruise with your dad, peter? >> i am not. my dad -- oh, i was on the cruise, yeah, ended up having to fly out to halifax because i was needed here but luckily, tropical storm earl was a lot weaker than originally feared when it ended up coming into massachusetts last night. it was still a very powerful storm until it left the area about two hours ago. take a look at this. >> it's almost midnight here in massachusetts. we're down by the water and hurricane earl has been downgraded to tropical storm earl. you can see the wind and water are still coming in very, very hard. it hurts when it hits you in the face. you look up and you can see that red flag waving behind me. that's how fast the wind is blowing right now and you can see there's a beam from the chatham white house still beaming out light for miles to miles. a lot of people came out to see what was going on. they left the flip-flops here and headed towards the water. they were relying on the beacon to lead them back to
of her college roommate. now a former fbi agent tells us she's innocent and why the case against her was bungled from the beginning. >>> and kicking the habit. this chain-smoking 2-year-old shocked the world. now he's getting help and we have an exclusive look at his trip to smoking rehab "early" this thursday morning, september trip to smoking rehab "early" this thursday morning, september 2, 20 10. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. i'm erica hill. good to have you with us this morning. >> a steamy morning in new york city. i'm harry smith. good morning. >> we'll get more on this hostage situation at discovery headquarters. starts around 1:00, with a gun. fast forward, three hostages. he is killed. in bullets, but yet the all-clear isn't given until much later afterwards. we'll speak with the police chief this morning and find out where this hands and find out how the hostages are doing as well. >>> we'll start with the latest on hurricane earl, now packing 145-mile-an-hour wind. where it's going, what it's going to do, we'll get it right now from our dave price in kill dev
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. the weather channel's jim cantore is there for us. jim, good morning. >> lester, good morning. yeah, the national weather service here, the bermuda weather service, says it's called to prepare for a direct hit. the center expected to come within 10 miles of bermuda. and with 100 mile wide hurricane force winds, a direct hit is unavailable in through here. you can already see the wave action behind me crashing into the rock cliffs through here. but they're preparing residents. that's the key, to take a major hit. something they haven't seen since fabian here. they're saying we're going to have roof damage, it's going to be widespread. we're going to have tree and power line damage. the royal navy is on standby. the big question is when are they going to be able to get in here? is it going to be monday afternoon? because it looks like conditions are going to be bad for 20, 30, 40 hours where no one will be able to leave their homes and no one will be out on the road. cruise ships plan to park here? no way. they're not even coming in. this certainly looks like it's going to be a very,
something later today and tomorrow . impact us posentially. this flair up could have pulled off north. that is earl moving around bang lor at this point . within a couple of four or five hours it is done for us . we will be done for earl. that is good news. we'll have complete sunshine much of the eastern sea board and so planning your labor day weekend, behind the storm things are looking beautiful. stay out of the water to let the rip currents go away. tomorrow things will be great. >> a state of emergency declared in new zealand christchurch. a second earthquake hit there this morning. a lot of people are trapped. happens of buildings are collapse power is out to thousands of people and many of the roads are broken up. also in new zealand a skydiving trip turns deadly. nine people were killed including four tourist from ireland, england and germany. it took off east of christchurch where the big earthquake took place. >> big equipment switch on the blown out well in the gulf. bp replaced the well head with a working one. it is expected to reach the water today. blow out preventer i
to have you with us, liz. thanks so much. >> thanks, ed. >> in our survey i asked you do you think tea partiers care that 43.6 million americans are living in poverty? 5% of you said yes, 95% of you said no the tea partiers don't care. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. "hardball" with chris matthews starts right here from the place from politics on msnbc. we'll see you tomorrow on "the ed show" on msnbc. >>> it's teatime so who is the maddest hatter of them all? let's play "hardball." >> good evening. i'm chris matthews up in new york leading off tonight, boiling hot tea. the fire on the right that consume mike castle and threatens democrats in the fall is now beginning to burn republican bridges. in the last two days mike castle blamed his loss on lies by shawn hannity and rush limbaugh. karl rove dismissed christine o'donnell as a loser. sarah palin and rush went after rove. the tea party has a seat at the republican table. but the knives are out. and make no mistake, if this new band of republicans get -- grabs control of congress, they'll force another government shutdown and p
feared. the storm is still kicking up dangerous rip currents, though. kevin is live for us in rockport, massachusetts. it looks pretty as a picture behind you. >> reporter: absolutely, you know. earl, we hardly knew you, thank goodness. because here in rockport, this harbor would be filled with boats and a lot of them have been pulled out of the water. and the good news is this morning that everything planned for rockport and the gloucester area out here in massachusetts is being put back on and all the labor day celebrations are going to be taking place. and they're going to be taking place as many people here breathe a sigh of relief. because this storm did go through here last night. it's gray and there's a little bit of rain coming down, but nothing like had been predicted all week long from this fierce force four hurricane that was going to be coming through here. fortunately, it was just sort of a storm when it came through here last night. and as you just mentioned, it's heading its way up north to canada towards halifax, and now people up there are being told to be on the looko
that used the word for the ocean roiling. i never heard that term before. but this ocean has been roiling since we got here. >> reporter: and roiling waters and storm predictions were all the governor of north carolina needed to declare a state of emergency. >> people are telling us tonight, based on predictor models, that it's just going to come close to our coast, we've all got to be very sensitive to the fact that in a blink of an eye, it changes. >> reporter: the last big storm to hit north carolina, hurricane isabel in 2003, killed at least 16 and caused $3.4 billion in damage on its path up the eastern u.s. >> between the personnel, the vehicles, and also four warehouses fully stocked with blankets and food and water. the red cross is ready. >> reporter: while earl is stirring up a sense of urgency down below, it's also creating a sense of wonder from above. >> the strength of the storm looks just absolutely amazing. just unbelievable view of the planet. you have to wonder what's going on below those clouds. >> reporter: and, of course, the question is, where is earl going? we've go
it for us. i'm dylan ratigan. thank you for spending your afternoon with us. >>> let's play hard ball. good evening. i'm chris matthews up in new york leading off tonight, boiling hot tea. the fire on the right that threatens democrats in the fall is now beginning to burn republican bridges. and the last two days mike castle blamed his loss on lies by shawn hannity and rush limbau limbaugh. sarah palin and rush went after rove. the tea party has a seat at the republican table. but the knives are out. and make no mistake if, this new band of republicans get -- grabs control of congress, they'll force another government shutdown and probe the obama white house to death. that's their goal. they've said it. launch a relentless campaign to kill government and take down this president. and it certainly going to happen if democratic voeders stters st this november. what this f. they close the gap between now and then? there are two polls that actual sli some upbeat news for democrats if they can get their people to the voting booths. remember, that ven yom by newt gingrich by president obama havin
? >> they have the day off. only reason you're sitting there, my man! >> that's why! >> mike barnicle is with us and so is chris jansing, luckily, to save us from all of this. john heilemann of "new york" magazine and coourge of the juggernaut, that is "game change." isn't that fair to say? >> yeah, it is. >> fascinating. >> i like that "vanity fair" piece that willie keeps calling thick. >> i described it that way when i gave it as a present but nobody described it to me like that when they gave it back. >> mort zuckerman sw us. >> mort is mad at me because i'm going to steal money from him playing poker tonight. >> is this a weekly game you guys have some. >> every couple of weeks. >> every couple of weeks. i cry in between. >> do either of you ever win? >> mort never wins. >> never. >> i have been known to win on occasion. very sporadic occasion. >> is it wise to bet against, say, a mort zuckerman of the world who can sort of push those chips in the middle of the table without much concern for the implications of that move? >> mort does not have a poker face, let's put it that way! >>> we nee
and mika have one more day off. heading into the weekend, luckily, chris jansing is here to save us. >> as good as you get? sorry about that! >> we have a great panel with us. andrew ross sorkin. mike crowley is here from "time" magazine and joining us political reporter bob costa. aever also from washington, d.c., sam stein. the average age on the set right now, 17 years old. >> they asked where are the grown-ups. i'm it. >> we have a lot to talk about this morning but the headline, chris, hurricane earl. >> what a mess is out out there. hurricane earl is racing up the east coast after lashing eastern north carolina with severe rain and powerful winds this morning. for more on how the northeast is preparing for the storm we turn to the weather channel's julie martin who is in ocean city, maryland. good morning. >> good morning, chris. yeah, we're next here at ocean city, m.d. i don't know if you've seen the video from cape hatteras but they are getting battered pretty good down there. and expecting more of the same heading this way to mid to late morning in ocean city. i want to sh
by this storm as it passed through here overnight where or when or while many of us slept. >> did you call your college-age son in halifax to get a weather update? >> no, i'm going to give him a shout. like we discussed earlier, he is of college age. there really is no point me calling him at this time of morning because i'm not going to get anything that makes sense out of him anyway. i did talk to actually the canadian national weather service, essentially they've been saying to people, look, before you venture out, take a look out the window at the weather. that's their idea of a warning tlup because they get all kinds of storms and they're very used to it up there. what the heck? they're hearty canadians up there. >> pretty good advice any way you look at it. we'll get more from you later kevin. >> see you, earl. >> see yeah. >>> we have the latest on where tropical storm earl is headed. for that we go to meteorologist bill karins. good morning to you. >> good saturday morning to you. earl just brushed nantucket passing safely about 100 miles off the coast. that meant only winds around 40 t
they wanted us to proceed. they asked us to keep him on the phone and keep him talking. the lunch hours was just ending when the gunman walk under to the discovery channel headquarters just outside of washington waving a handgun and ordering everyone in the lobby to stay still. we now know the suspect was james jay lee whose long list of demands included a change in discovery channel programming. as word of the hostage situation spread, nbc news producer called discovery channel general number. suddenly lee himself picked up the phone. >> no one has been shot. >> do you have a gun? >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. i have a device that if i drop it, if i drop it i'll explode. >> reporter: decided against reporting the conversation until the situation was over. while lee held three hostages at gunpoint most of the building's 1,900 employees were told to evacuate and did. including all the children in a day care center on the first floor. >> someone came to me, came to me and said, don't go into the lobby. there's some action goin
? >> not for the wealthy, no. that's my position. again, we listen to our members. i think the president gave us exactly what we needed, clarity. and the public is with the president. >> all right. >> she can take that position if she wants, pat. but if you're congressman nye or pair ehlo or from the south tore midwest, you're a lot closer to peter orszag's position which is extend them for two years while the economy is bad. that's keynesian economics by the way and let them expire two years from now. >> and suppose she succeeds in having only extended for the middle tax cuts and raises taxes for the other folks, these democrats go home to their districts and the people say, you guys did this to us, you can't handle pelosi? good-bye and good luck. i think in tennessee where, some are suggesting pelosi step down. >> sam, obviously nancy pelosi and progressives on both coasts would consider it a betrayal if tax cuts were extended for all americans. i tell you, she has a guy that's been out there running. it seems to me that tax cuts even on the top earners is seen as a drag on the economy. >> i don't kno
." and josh marshal of the much -- well, highly distinguished talking points memo. thank you for joining us. you're sitting right here. don't pretend i'm not here. karl rove, rush limbaugh and sarah palin played out the republican party split over christine o'donnell. let's see it. it's all come to a head so soon. it's only september. and look at the sparks fly. it started with rove's skepticism you might call it towards the victory by christine o'donnell tuesday night. let's listen to this strange fight. >> there's a lot of nutty things that she's been saying that simply doesn't add up to it. >> everybody that i know that saw this was just -- they were perplexed, couldn't figure, what's going on? why is he so mad at a republican? >> some these good ole'e boys and i have nothing against karl rove personally. you know, he's the expert. but some of the folks are saying that people like christine o'donnell and others, tea party americans can't win because they don't want them to win. >> i endorsed her the other night. i said i'm a republican in each and every case. i was one of the first to do
us in clarifying some of that. we'll stay on top of it. an anne, can you clarify the difference between this being an oil rig and an oil platform. >> reporter: i wish i could. but i cannot. the good news is obviously fewer people were on this platform than on the deepwater horizon where you remember over 100 were on board when it exploded. we know there's a smaller human element to this. the question is what is the environmental danger from this fire? it's just too early to know. >> i understand there's an update now about the deepwater horizon well as well. >> yes. bp through its twitter counacco put out it resumed trying to move the capping stack on top of the macondo well that caused all the problems in the deepwater horizon. it's the first in a multi-step process. the enterprise will try to lift up the capping stack. then the q-4,000 will go on and latch onto the blowout preventer. the blowout preventer failed to work on that rig. it's a key piece of evidence in the criminal investigation as to what happened on april 20th. once the seas are calm, and they need seas of three
. it will become a area of low pressure. and it leaves us, alex, with a gorgeous weekend. much of the country is fantastic. and it feels like fall today. can you believe it's only going to be 67 degrees for a high in chicago to the great lakes. the eastern seaboard, that cool airheads your way as you go through sunday. tomorrow in boston, it's only around 73. notice the heat though continues in the west. by the time labor day, not many troubles in the forecast. it is really calm, nice. some areas are warm and cool. not a lot of rain out there. everyone can enjoy the long weekend. >> i haven't seen the last of earl. >> we had enough. >> all right. >> you're right. i'm sure it will be hot again. >> okay. bill karins, thank you. >> we'll have more coverage. we'll continue to track the fallout from this. officials in new zealand are assessing the damage after a faithor earthquake rocked the country's second largest city. it was he is south island just west of christ church. new zealand's prime minister says it will be months before the full extent of the damage is known. nbc's nina desanto has mo
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